I enjoy taking portrait photos because of the experience of interviews. In an interview, we talk to each other to understand more about the issue; and in portrait photography, we observe and capture the characters through observation. It is different but similar; the point is the interaction between the two, I and the other party.
At the end of last year, before I headed back to Taiwan, I received a mail for portrait shooting. “I would like to let you do an album of my last portrait for me.” the girl wrote me this sentence in the message. She would like to record her emotions as a memory of her life, a fragment of the moment in her age. “I like the way how you capture people.” when we met, she said to me.
A Fragment Of Her Life
The girl has outstanding quality; I would like to let her keeps the pure and clean character for shooting. I asked her to show me some spots in the city where she is used to spending her casual time. Sometimes she stopped in small stores and took a look interesting stuff, or she just turned into an exhibition, or she swung her slender fingers with the music; I followed her and captured her movements.
I had always wanted to try the way of portrait photography, and it was a great opportunity to take this project because of that the girl has faith in me; I could create all scenes freely. The images show such a true attitude from the girl; however, it also has a touch of a cinematic atmosphere in it.
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.